Author Archives: Jenny

About Jenny

I am an off-trail hiker, a student of history, and author of "Transvaal Citizen," "Murder at the Jumpoff," and "The Twelve Streams of LeConte."

Words of endurance: A Passionate Prodigality

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers shown below refer to Guy Chapman, A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography. Fawcett Crest Books: Greenwich, CT, 1966. … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: Russian Hussar

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers shown below refer to Vladimir Littauer’s Russian Hussar, Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing, 1993. On July 24, 1915, … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: Notebooks of Louis Barthas

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. The full title of  this particular memoir is Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918. “Poilu” is … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: The Secret Battle

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. In January 1917, junior officer A.P. Herbert learned that a counterpart in another battalion of his division had been shot by … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: WWI writings

Introducing a new series. Justifiably or not, the First World War has a bigger reputation for the literary output of its combatants than WWII. This is not to malign any writers of the latter conflict. I have seldom read a … Continue reading

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Could the Hawaiian monarchy have survived?

This is an opinion piece I wrote as a postscript to my series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. I described in my piece about Kalakaua’s trip around the world how his traveling companion William N. Armstrong milked events of … Continue reading

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Ridicule and rifles: The Bayonet Constitution

This is the seventh installment of a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii and the final one that concerns him in particular. After studying the subject for the past two months, I find myself haunted by the question, “Could … Continue reading

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The coronation and its critics

This is the sixth installment of a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. The coronation of King Kalakaua nine years after his ascension to the throne was one of a series of events that brought him under attack. When … Continue reading

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Hawaiian king meets Japanese emperor

This is the fifth installment in a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. It focuses on a particular episode of his 1881 trip around the world. By October 1880, the brouhaha over Celso Moreno had subsided. The Italian adventurer’s … Continue reading

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An Italian scoundrel visits Hawaii

This is the fourth installment in a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. The rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii improvised as they went along. After all, the kingdom only had its first constitution in 1840. That was substantially … Continue reading

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